Right now the Eskimos are sitting with a 4-1 record, not too shabby. That '1' showing in the loss column happened in the team’s last outing and it happened just before the Eskimos scheduled bye week.
A 26-22 loss to the rival Calgary Stampeders wasn’t the way slotback Adarius Bowman or the rest of the Eskimos wanted to go into a bye week.
“I think that Battle of Alberta has kind of rubbed on me after all these years.” Bowman said. “It’s something about losing to Calgary; we kind of gave it to them. We had too many penalties, just missed oppourtunities so it was a tough way to go on a bye. I think for me, my first two days I was kind of sulking. I really didn’t want to be on the bye week but I had to flush it.”
With the first real disappointment of the season behind them, the Eskimos returned to work last Friday and Saturday to get the kinks out. Much of the emphasis was on cardio, strength, and getting the football legs back after a week off.
The Eskimos practiced at Clarke Field which is beside Commonwealth Stadium, their usual practice facility. In fact the team will be without the luxuries of Commonwealth Stadium for the next couple of weeks as the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is in Edmonton.
That means the Eskimos will take part in a football rarity.
Dave Campbell has been on the Eskimos beat since 2004. He’s entering his ninth season as the Eskimo colour analyst for 630 CHED broadcasts. He also hosts The Points After Show, an openline post-game show. Follow Dave on Twitter @Dave_CHED.
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